Good News For Kidney Patients, Assam To Get Free Hemodialysis Services Soon

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Guwahati, June 11, 2019

In a major relief for the patients suffering from kidney related diseases, the Assam government on June 11th, 2019 announced a free hemodialysis programme in the state which will soon be operational.

Catering to the demands of the people, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced the hemodialysis units under the Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme. The programme under the National Health Mission(NHM) was announced in Union Budget 2016-17.

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As per reports, a dialysis session which costs from Rs.2000-Rs.3000 in addition to the cost of travel and medicines and other consumables will be done free of cost across 18 locations in Assam in Public Private Partnership mode. A total of 105 Hemo-Dialysis machines have been allocated for 18 centres across Assam. Till now, 45 Hemo-Dialysis machines are installed.

The Minister informed that the Chennai-based Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited has been chosen through a detailed selection process by NHM to implement the Dialysis Programme in Assam.

It may be mentioned that in Assam the first dialysis session was conducted at the Swahid Mukunda Kakati Civil Hospital in Nalbari on June 4th, 2019.

The Dialysis centres under Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme would be operational at the following hospitals:

1. SMK Civil Hospital, Nalbari
2. Mangaldai Civil Hospital, Darrang
3. Kanaklata Civil Hospital, Sonitpur
4. Tezpur Medical College & Hospital, Sonitpur
5. LGB Civil Hospital, Tinsukia
6. Morigaon Civil Hospital, Morigaon
7. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College, Barpeta
8. Bongaigaon District Hospital

Registration

  • For a new registration, patients can directly walk into the Dialysis Centres where the patient clinical documentation (past clinical history, viral screening details – HCV, HBsAg, HIV) will be verified. Then the patients will be referred to the Consultant Nephrologist or government institution for the advice on dialysis. Senior Dialysis Technician will be allotting Treatment schedule to the patient based upon Nephrologist advice.
  • It will remain open on all days of a week except on Sunday from 9:30 AM onwards.
  • Each dialysis session usually takes 4-6 hours for completion.

Costing

For each dialysis session, Apollo will be paid Rs. 1296/- for the first year of service and then the rate will be increased at a rate of 8% each year till the termination of the contract
Status of remaining facilities under PMNDP.

The repair and renovation work is under progress at 7 more facilities and will be made operational in the second week of July 2019.

In the second phase, the Dialysis programme will be operational at the following hospitals:

1. BP Civil Hospital, Nagaon
2. Sivasagar Civil Hospital
3. North Lakhimpur Civil Hospital
4. Dhemaji Civil Hospital
5. Diphu Civil Hospital
6. Dhubri Civil Hospital
7. Goalpara Civil Hospital.

Another three facilities namely; Jorhat Medical College, Karimganj Civil Hospital and Golaghat Civil Hospital will be taken up immediately after the completion of the work of second phase facilities.